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Tunisia Faces a Balancing Act of Democracy and Religion

By ANTHONY SHADID New York Times Published: January 30, 2012 A blasphemy trial in Tunis symbolizes an emotional struggle, with implications for the Arab world, playing out with the rise of Islamists after the end of a secular dictatorship. Advertisements

Qur’anic Values and the Modern World

The focus of Tariq Ramadan’s Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity is the despiritualization and subsequent debasement of the Islamic intellectual tradition. He describes the intellectual production of many of the modern ‘ulamā’ and fuqahā’ as dimensionless and without nuance or a view for the larger conceptual context into which it must fit.1 … Continue reading

Israel proposed ‘impossible’ borders — Palestinians

The Jordan Times AFP | Jan 30,2012 Religious border dispute shows no sign of actual dialogue, even though offers and counter-offers continue to be issued.

Ramadan’s “Islamic Utopia”

Cassidy Lace Ptacek Tariq Ramadan’s book, Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity, is an inspiring plan for those who believe in the message of Islam and seek reform. The book is mainly a theological response to the question of Islam and Modernization. To call this a theological response means that Ramadan speaks not … Continue reading

Islam vs Modernity?

Tariq Ramadan shows the historical flaws in the West’s construction of rational structures and how they lead to a definition of “the good” which is untenable at best, and clearly very harmful in inter-cultural discourse.  In contrast to the Western world, which sees in its history the progress of liberal ideals and modernity bringing them … Continue reading

Tariq Ramadan: The Western Concept of Modernity

In his book Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity, Tariq Ramadan explores the roots of the European liberating movement that gave birth to rational and contemporary thought. The author explains that as Western societies gained freedom from religious dogma; science, technology, and rationality became synonyms of progress and liberty. This movement, which gained … Continue reading

Islam’s Quest for Modernity

When one thinks of Modernity there are many ideas that arise including the many challenges that come with it. Now if one adds Islam into the equation there are even more questions and doubts that are thought of. The question of how the Muslim world handles modernity and the specific challenges that comes with it … Continue reading

The Future of Egypt Jan 27th, 2012 by Colin, Inside Islam, posted by Teala

Egyptian Women display their inked fingers after voting at a Cairo polling station. Image: Bela Szandelszky/AP/Press Association Images Our recent Inside Islam radio show with Oxford University Professor Tariq Ramadan was a good history lesson for me. Ramadan talked about how both the western media and many of Egypt’s politicians are missing the boat: the role of Islam in future structures … Continue reading

Tariq Ramadan’s 7 Cs of Seeking Knowledge

By Reading Islam Staff Published: January 17, 2012 Taken from This article is a segment of a speech by Tariq Ramadan, given at the ISNA 2010 convention, where he discusses the importance of striving for knowledge, and introduces 7 words that start with the letter “C” that Muslims need to be mindful of in … Continue reading

Westernization: The Modernized Prometheus

If one wishes to gain insight to the West, as it is perceived through Muslim eyes, a great point of departure would be Tariq Ramadan’s Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity. Ramadan argues that Islam is capable of addressing contemporary problems and embracing modernity, an idea that Islam is generally thought to be … Continue reading

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